Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ukrainian Eggs

The other day Design*Sponge posted an excellent tutorial on how to make Ukrainian eggs. I had forgotten about this amazing art form. When I was a child, I remember attending a Ukrainian egg making party. I was instantly drawn to the intricacy and details of each egg and I was fascinated by the wax and dying process. The best part was the final melting of the wax to reveal a beautiful gem of an egg!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nautical Stripes

Maybe it's because I just saw Coco before Chanel (an amazing movie, by the way)...

Or because I just watched Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations episode on Brittany...

But I've just been craving anything and everything with nautical stripes.

Capelet by Harvey Faircloth

Vintage Stripe French Market Tote by jillbent found via you are my fave

Lovely spring dress by Shoshanna

Friday, March 26, 2010

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Please pardon the lack of posts this week. We were on spring break and although I had great intentions of blogging, it just didn't happen. However, I'll be back in full force on Monday!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! We're packing up and going to Florida for a little sun action next week so my posting may be a little sporadic. Hope you have a sun-filled weekend!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Funny Girl

One of my all time favorite movies is Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif. I've probably watched it at least a hundred times since I was a little girl. It's not that I'm a huge Barbara fan (actually this is one of the few movies that I can stomach her in) but I just love the romantic and stormy story-line with Fanny and Nick. And I adore the costumes. And the songs. Oh, the songs. I know you've heard "People" and "Don't Rain on my Parade" overplayed a million times, but have you heard it in context with the movie? I'm just a sap and they move me every time. And don't get me started about "My Man" at the end of the movie. I always cry!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Little Luck for You

Happy St. Patrick's Day! What better way to celebrate than we these darling bracelets from Kate Spade?

"Stroke of Luck" Bangle, $28

I wouldn't expect anything less than perfect packaging by Kate.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Name that Font

I stumbled upon this poster on Rifle Paper Co.'s blog today and I had to laugh. As a graphic designer I'm always hyper aware of fonts, I guess you would say more than the average person.

Papyrus has the misfortune of being one of the most overly utilized fonts. I tend to see this used everywhere in the restaurant business... especially on menus. What exactly screams food about this font? Last summer I started taking photos of the numerous restaurants that used this font in their company logos.

Stamford, CT

New York, New York

Newburyport, MA

National Company Logo

Keep your eyes peeled. I'm sure you'll start seeing it pop up everywhere!

Monday, March 15, 2010

500 Days of Summer

I used to have a huge crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt from his Third Rock from the Sun days.

Mike and I watched this fun and quirky film over the weekend. I highly recommend if you haven't already seen it. And the soundtrack is fantastic. Visit the official soundtrack website to hear a sampling of the music.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Navy Friday

Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Currently Lusting...

This terrarium by litill. Found via Design*Sponge.

These chic stick lighters by A+R. (Could there be a more glamorous way to light those candles?) Found via The Best by House Beautiful.

A set of these Marta glasses by CB2. (I love thin glassware and these have rave reviews.)

These Lela Rose flats by Payless. Found via Coco & Kelley.

This bag by fleabags in pebble.

This Kitchen by L Kae Interiors. Found via Design*Sponge.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Little Green Notebook Makeover

Oh my goodness!! You must check out the truly amazing bedroom makeover by Jenny from Little Green Notebook. She never ceases to amaze me with her fabulous taste and endless creativity.

How to Make Pocket Wrapping Paper

This is a unique way to create a little pocket for cards when you wrap flat packages. Start by cutting your wrapping paper (or tissue paper, in this case) to the correct length. Now, make sure to include extra width in your paper because you will be folding it to create the pocket fold.

Grasp the paper in the middle of the wrapping paper to create an overlapping fold.

Line the overlapping flap of paper so it creates a straight line horizontally.

Now press it down so it creates a nice crease.

Wrap the package as you normally would.

Flip over and now you have a cute little "pocket" to tuck a card inside.

Wait, we're not done! Add some pretty ribbon. Wrap around the package once and tie in the middle. Make a "V" cut in the ribbon by folding it in half and cutting on a diagonal line with the open edge of the ribbon creating the points.

See how it creates a nice, even "V" shape? Love that!

Finished and ready to send!

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Bridal Shower Invitation

Our good friends from college, Michaela and Joe, are getting married this summer. When Michaela's sister contacted me about creating the bridal shower invitation, I was more than excited. Michaela and Joe had a really special engagement so we wanted to incorporate that story in the actual invitation. I drew the "map" in Illustrator and designed the rest in InDesign. I'm really happy with the way they turned out... and Michaela loved them!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! See you Monday!
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